We are years away from court cases that dealt with prisoner abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq when several enlisted men were found guilty of abusing prisoners. Cpl. Charles Garner is the last remaining enlisted man who is still serving time for mistreating prisoners, but his case may soon be reviewed. His defense attorney is asking for reconsideration of this case since during the trial the judge refused to allow entry of evidence which revealed that the president of the United States, the vice president of the United States and the Secretary of Defense all defended use of “enhanced interrogation techniques”– the ones for which enlisted men were convicted.
The tragedy of Barack Obama’s administration is failure to have a bipartisan commission investigate the entire Iraq war as well as what happened to prisoners. Back in the 1940s, then President Harry Truman had on his desk a sign saying, “The Buck Stops Here.” As far as Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld are concerned, the sign reads: “The Buck Stops At Enlisted Men Who Carry Out Orders.”